Camra found that Britain’s national pub closure rate now stands at 12 pubs per week, and away from Britain’s city centre high streets – where a net loss of just six pubs in total has occurred across Britain in 6 months – rural pubs are closing at a net rate of four per week, and suburban at eight per week.
“Whether situated in a small village, city high street, or on the edge of a housing estate, pubs are so central to our society that whole communities can grow around a particular pub,” said Mike Benner, Camra’s chief executive. “A threat to the future of traditional pubs is therefore also a threat to countless social groups within Britain that thrive because of their local”
The news comes as over 33,000 consumers have signed a national e-petition in recent weeks to bring an end to above-inflation beer tax increases - the research also shows that 73 per cent of regular pub-goers support a freeze in beer duty.
The group is lobbying to secure 100,000 signatures and force a debate in Parliament on the issue. The e-petition can be signed at www.camra.org.uk/saveyourpint.